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El Cholo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Central L.A
Mexican
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1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 734-2773
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 78
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  • 66
    Very good
  • 33
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  • 11
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fresh and delicious!

El Cholo has been around since 1923! The one we went to was on Western Ave., in Los Angeles. The margarita was very good, very fresh tasting. The chips and salsa were very good, warm, salty, just like they were just made, which they probably were. I had the shrimp fajitas. There was a ton of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
mamaduck131
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Santa Clarita, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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Albuquerque
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I was pleased to have found this very tasty place to eat in the middle of Korea Town. The wait staff were especially hospitable. They were very concerned that my needs were taken care of and that I didn't need anything else. I enjoyed this Mexican food, including the chips and salsa included with the meal.

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

So my mom kept wanting to take us to this place, because she likes the food and it's piece of history here in the Los Angeles area. My husband and 3 kids and I really love Mexican food, so we were excited to go. The restaurant itself was easy to find, and had neat photos all over the place, and... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

El Cholo has been around since 1923! The one we went to was on Western Ave., in Los Angeles. The margarita was very good, very fresh tasting. The chips and salsa were very good, warm, salty, just like they were just made, which they probably were. I had the shrimp fajitas. There was a ton of shrimp and the vegetables... More 

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Fanwood, New Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by my hotel's concierge. I went with a bunch of colleagues. We all liked our table which was in the back room. Our food was delicious! And the signature guacamole was to die for. And the drinks were generous and awesome. Service was great, too! Highly recommended!

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Upland, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Observed the clientele and see why the reviews are so good, sadly they would not know real or authentic Mexican food😔 Don't get me wrong, the food is ok and edible however the infamous restaurant disappoints me yet again and the margarita's are not worth the $$$ not even a tingle after 3 margaritas😔😔 The service was good though😃

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Palm Springs, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This long-time establishment is still going strong after so many years. The atmosphere is still there and the food is consistent. There is plenty of Valet parking as well as on the street. I ordered chili rellanos expecting an traditional chili stuffed with cheese. Instead, I got a round cheese patty with some chili chopped into it...not what I expected.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My coworkers and I go here every time I travel to LA. It is one of our favorite places to eat. The food is excellent, I would consider it to be some of the bext Mexican food that I have eaten. I ordered the enchiladas (chicken and beef) and they were excellent

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is my city...the City of Angels. I was raised on Mexican food. My father could not have built his company without the help of Hispanics; who he always gave credit for his success. Some of my best memories are around the holidays where we used to have large employee gatherings that included authentic Mexican food EVERYWHERE! I still dream... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is the one Mexican Restaurant I go to every time I am in LA - why? - Because in my opinion it is truly great! The staff the history of the restaurant and the location - very original!

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Lancaster, California
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Delicious, Authentic Mexican food, large portions, free homemade chips and salsa and great customer service and the best margaritas. This restaurant will easily become your family favorite. and if your single it is a great place for dating , they have a cozy bar with fresh tasty drinks and patio area on the other side. Try it you wont regret... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (323) 734-2773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?